An exact solution of the Einstein--Maxwell equations yields a general relativistic picture of the tachyonic phenomenon, suggesting a hypothesis on the tachyon creation. The hypothesis says that the tachyon is produced when a neutral and very heavy (over 75 GeV/c^2) subatomic particle is placed in electric and magnetic fields that are perpendicular, very strong (over 6.9 x 10^17 esu/cm^2 or oersted), and the squared ratio of their strength lies in the interval (1,5]. Such conditions can occur when nonpositive subatomic particles of high energy strike atomic nuclei other than the proton. The kinematical relations for the produced tachyon are given. Previous searches for tachyons in air showers and some possible causes of their negative results are discussed. Experiments with the use of the strongest colliders and improvements in the air shower experiments are suggested. An unfortunate terminology is also discussed.
- Pub Date:
- November 1999
- High Energy Physics - Phenomenology
- 24 pages, LaTeX 2e, no figures. The present (second) version, identical to that published in Acta Physica Slovaca, is derived from the first version by adding one footnote (here Footnote 13), two references (here Refs. [35,36]), and several single words in the text, and by extending the last sentence of the second paragraph in Section 6. All the main threads of this work were presented at the XXVI Mazurian Lakes School of Physics, Krzyze, Poland, 1-11 September 1999